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August 12, 2019
11 Tips to Help You Sew Like a Professional from Quilter's Review

If you want to sew like a pro, you have to act like a professional. The professional seamstress has years of experience, and every item that they purchase has a purpose. Sewing is fun, exciting and complicated when you’re just starting out. These few tips that I’m going to be sharing with you today can […]

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August 6, 2019
How I Make Time to Sew from Farm Road Ramblings






When my kids were young, it seemed like I had more time to sew.  When they took naps, I would hurry to the sewing machine; while I waited in school parking lots, I'd do some hand sewing.  I basically squeezed in sewing whenever I could.

Life seems busier now, and even though most of my kids have grown up and moved out, I have trouble finding time to sew.  Maybe it's because I'm more in charge of my time now, I just keep putting other things ahead of my sewing projects.  

I needed to try something different ...

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July 31, 2019
The 12 Basic Tools You Need to Start Quilting from Quilter's Review

At the heart of it, quilting only requires a few simple tools: needle, thread and fabric. However, if you are serious about this craft, you’ll need a few extra things to make your quilts look as beautiful and professional as they ones you admire in books and online. Every quilter has their own list of […]

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July 8, 2019
How To Figure Yardage For Quilt Backing from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Once you’ve pieced your beautiful quilt top, it’s time to choose your backing! There are so many fabrics out there and using 108″ wide backing does make things easier, but we will help you know how much fabric you need when using standard 42″ wide fabric.

Here are some items you’ll be needing:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Calculator
  • Your finished quilt top
  • A measuring tape or template

Step 1: Measure the length and width of your quilt top.

Step 2: Add an extra 8 inches to both the length and width of your quilt if it’s going to ...

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June 29, 2019
9 Quilting Techniques Every Quilter Should Master from Quilter's Review

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced quilter, there are certain techniques that you should master if you want to advance your skill. After all, practice makes perfect. From cutting to pressing and properly measuring borders, here are nine techniques that every quilter should master. 1. Rotary Cutting Rotary cutting is a skill that every new […]

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June 28, 2019
What’s the Best Fabric for Quilting? from Quilter's Review

Quilters need to pick their fabric strategically, but a lot of quilters will go to their local fabric store and pick up the same group of cotton fabrics year after year. Perhaps it’s the comfort in knowing that the fabric works well for them, but there are others who will go in and try different […]

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June 22, 2019
How to Properly Press Quilt Blocks and Quilts from Quilter's Review

What’s the simplest way to improve your quilting skills? Learning how to press. When you press your seam allowances, you eliminate those little bits of fabric that often get lost and distort your finished blocks. Pressing – the right way – will also save you time because your blocks will fit neatly together when it’s […]

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June 8, 2019
How to Design Your Own Quilts from Quilter's Review

Quilt patterns make our lives easier, but there comes a point where we want to make our own designs. Whether you’re a beginner or have been quilting for years, you can make your own quilt design and layouts. Here’s how to design your own quilt: Master the Basics of Quilt Construction Before you can really […]

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May 9, 2019
Sew Thankful Sunday (or Thursday), May 2019 from The Crafty Quilter

{I love the idea of “paying it forward”. I think the world would be a better place if we could spread some joy and acknowledgement of good deeds done by others. I try to do that once a month for my Sew Thankful Sunday posts. I highlight some great content that I’ve found on other people’s blogs that I hope will inspire you and reward the originator by bringing traffic to their site. If your blog has been mentioned without your consent, please let me know and I will take you off the current list of featured bloggers ...

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May 1, 2019
~ Making a test Block ~ from Podunk Pretties

I started out this year with a plan in place to design fewer quilts and write patterns for quilts I have already made.  My email inbox has a category for pattern requests from followers or a random person who has seen one of my quilts in an online search.  This plan would free up some time and allow me to learn more about the technical side of social media and to get out of my comfort zone and start doing events such as trunk shows or teaching.  This has turned out to be a hard plan to follow.  I'm ...

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April 15, 2019
~ Staying organized ~ from Podunk Pretties

With the new warmer weather comes new daily chores added to my already busy schedule.  At the top of the list is planting the veggie garden.  Then there's training our German Shepard Khaleesi.  I often leave my studio right in the middle of working on a project.  Having reminders to let me know where I was in the process helps save time.  These cute little quilting letters have come in very handy over the last few days.  I'll admit that I don't always use them if I can sit and sew for hours on end.  I'm ...

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April 10, 2019
Project Tutorials and Fabric Collections with Christopher Thompson from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We recently had the wonderful opportunity to have one of our very close quilty friends, Christopher Thompson aka The Tattooed Quilter (@the_tattooed_quilter), come visit the Fat Quarter Shop and make some video tutorials with us! Today, we are sharing the videos where Christopher shows us his newest fabric collections, Blossom, and beginner-friendly tutorials on some more advanced quilting techniques such as applique and foundation paper piecing.

Blossom Basics

Christopher’s newest basics collection, Blossom for Riley Blake Fabrics, is here! This collection comes in 40 different colors, from pastels to saturated colors (and a dash of metallics), and is so ...

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April 9, 2019
Pin Pals: Pin Cushion Projects with Carrie Nelson from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Who says pincushions have to look like tomatoes!? The sky’s the limit when it comes to these little patchwork pinnies. Carrie Nelson brings us a delightful selection of 40 patchwork pincushions in her book, Pin Pals. She visited the Fat Quarter Shop studio to film a few videos showing us how she assembles and personalizes each one of these little patchwork gems, and how you, too, can play with these tiny tuffets and make them your own.

 

Pin Pals by Carrie Nelson

40 Patchwork Pinnies, Poppets and Pincushions with Pizzazz (Martingale)

These pincushions are quick to stitch and so ...

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March 29, 2019
Tips and Tricks with Christopher Thompson from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We recently had the wonderful opportunity to have one of our very close quilty friends, Christopher Thompson, aka The Tattooed Quilter (@the_tattooed_quilter), come visit the Fat Quarter Shop and make some video tutorials with us! Today, we are sharing the video tutorials where Christopher shows us tips and tricks on how to photo your project, organize your quilting space, and ways to machine quilt and bind your projects.

How to photo your Project

You’ve made your project: hooray! Now it’s time to photo it for social media but the question is how. If you’ve checked out Christopher ...

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March 23, 2019
8 Tips for Quilting a Large Quilt on a Home Sewing Machine from Quilter's Review

You’re finally confident enough to tackle a big quilting project. There’s just one problem: you have a small home sewing machine. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. But here’s the thing – you don’t need a midarm or longarm machine to make big, beautiful quilts. Many quilters regularly quilt large quilts on a small domestic machine. […]

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March 21, 2019
Let’s talk about…Needles from The Sassy Quilter

I’ve been doing a “Let’s talk about… Quilting” series about all the different parts and pieces of quilting. You can find my two previous posts here about Batting and Starch.

 I hope you are enjoying them… they are a little on the educational side. Sometimes its good to dig deep and really get to know about our quilting tools and supplies!

Let’s talk about Sewing Machine Needles…

First things first, what are the parts of a needle?

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Parts of a Needle

Did you know a needle had a scarf???

The scarf of the needle is a small ...

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March 14, 2019
Foundation Paper Piecing ~ The Scrapatch Way from Life in the Scrapatch


Ventana FPP Quilt Block 3

These are my first foundation pieced blocks in a few years.
I am really enjoying making these blocks.

This is the
I bought a kit for this pattern about four years ago and never got to it.

If you have never done FPP before this might be a good beginners pattern,
as the pieces are fairly large for FPP pieces.

It is also a good pattern to showcase large prints.

I felt all thumbs for the first few minutes,
but my foundation paper piecing skills came back 
like ...

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March 13, 2019
Ask Sassy! Quilting Questions… from The Sassy Quilter

Ask Sassy!

Today’s quilty question:

What do I try if my thread keeps breaking???

Well, first things first… Completely re-thread your machine and bobbin.

white singer sewing machine

Photo by Jonas Kakaroto on Pexels.com

If that doesn’t do the trick… Let’s look at your thread and needle!

When quilting we are generally using a 40 or 50wt cotton thread. If using a special type of thread, you may need a special needle. Otherwise, a universal needle should be fine.

Secondly…. When did you last change your needle??? This is one of the biggest things we as quilters forget to do ...

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February 28, 2019
Easy Double Split Rectangle from Road Home Quilting

Say you want to make a Double Split Rectangle. For example, 2.5"x4.5".

Cutting
Add 1/2" to the length and cut one Base = 2.5"x5 (blue)
Add 1" to the length and cut two Wings = 2.5" x 5.5" (pink, A & B)
[Full disclosure: I'm adding 1/4" width, just for fudge room. Although it hasn't proved necessary in testing.]

Marking
On top end of Base, mark center. And marks 1/4" on each side of center.
On bottom end of Base, mark 1/4" from each side.

Press under 1/4" of ...

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February 26, 2019
Sassy Tip 108 from The Sassy Quilter

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Spray Starch

I learned this tip several years ago at a QuiltCon lecture…

When using spray starch… Spray starch on backside of what you are pressing.

When starching your fabric it should feel slightly damp after you spray it. If you spray on the front side and then press, most of the spray gets on your iron. Spraying on the back just keeps most of the starch in the fabric.

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Now…. whether to starch or not to starch…. that’s a discussion for another day!

 

 

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Keep it Sassy♥

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